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Rosenblum Cellars Dry Creek Marsanne 2003

Marsanne from Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

"An outstanding effort, the 2003 Marsanne tastes like a white Hermitage from a domaine such as J. L. Chave. Its light gold hue is accompanied by aromas of flowers, crushed rocks, licorice, and quince. A layered, full-bodied palate possesses surprising power and potency. This big, textured white may not age like a Hermitage, but it should provide immense pleasure over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate

The Marsanne grape originates from the Hermitage appellation of the Northern Rhône Valley of France, known for producing majestic white wines. In the Dry Creek Valley, Marsanne has found the perfect new terroir, producing wines with the same characteristics yet even more flamboyant and exotic.

The floral bouquet is intertwined with hazelnut and stony peach-like aromas with hints of orange blossom and tangerine. The palate is extremely rich and layered with vibrant peaches, roasted almonds and honeysuckle.

The perfect companion to shellfish, pasta in cream sauces, or as an aperitif.

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Rosenblum Cellars, Sonoma County, California
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Rosenblum Cellars Winery is located in the historic Todd Shipyard Building in the City of Alameda. The picturesque building constructed around 1910 sits right at the edge of San Francisco Bay. Our view is spectacular, and the cooling bay breezes give us natural air conditioning. The grapes for our wines come from over 30 different vineyards located in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Contra Costa County. Many of the vineyards are over 75 years old, head-pruned and dry farmed. The old plow on our labels symbolizes our down-to-earth and natural style of winemaking.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Marsanne

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One of the star whites of the Rhone River Valley and ubiquitous throughout southern France, historically vignerons have favored Marsanne for its hardy and productive vines. But that doesn’t mean it’s merely a workhorse variety. It actually produces some of the finest and most age-worthy whites available in the world today. Marsanne can make a fruity and delicious single varietal wine as well as a serious, full-bodied version with amazing aging potential. Its best examples come from the northern Rhone appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St. Joseph, where it can be also be blended with Roussanne. Throughout the south of France it also blends well with Viognier, Rolle and even Chardonnay.

In the Glass

Marsanne has a great deal of depth and texture. Common characteristics include sweet pear, white peach, roasted nuts, white flowers and spice. When aged well it can have an attractive, silky and somewhat oily texture.

Perfect Pairings

Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, grilled shrimp, any pork, chicken or veal will be delicious with Marsanne or Marsanne blends. You can also try it with cream sauces and spicy dishes!

Sommelier Secret

Some of the oldest Marsanne vines in the entire world exist not in France but in Australia, in the Victoria region (in southeast Australia where the climate is relatively cool). Settlers called the grape “white Hermitage” and planted it in the mid to late 1800s.

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